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D. Wakeham "hogyn cymraeg" (Wirral, England)

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Nikon Leather Case For Coolpix P3 & P4 (CS-PP3)
Nikon Leather Case For Coolpix P3 & P4 (CS-PP3)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Fit For Purpose, 9 July 2007
No, not the Home Office, but the case that was so generously added as a free gift if you ordered it together with the Nikon Coolpix P5000.
Unfortunately. as the other reviewers have found out, the camera will not fit into the case. Shame on you Amazon! How about offering us a case that does fit as a sop to our hurt feelings and extreme trauma! Well, one can but hope.

Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
by Stephen Greenblatt
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Greenblatt made Shakespeare real, 7 Feb. 2005
Having just read and thoroughly enjoyed Michael Wood's book that accompanied his BBC documentary entitled "In Search of Shakespeare", I was of the opinion that, as a biography of the Bard, it could not be bettered.I was wrong.
This book by the Harvard professor is a rich, encyclopaedic treasure house that analyses each significant detail about Will's life and produces a portrait of a complex but entirely credible character.
Where there is supposition, you can rely on Greenblatt's background knowledge to bring you, at the very least, a plausible explanation. A case in point is his examination of the relationship between Shakespeare and his wife, Anne - an analysis that will not please any romantics.
In addition, there is a clear look at the contentious and endlessly analysed relationship between Southampton and the Bard.
I found myself looking forward to picking up the book so that I could resume the pleasure of following Shakespeare in the company of a biographer who, one feels, is in command of his material.
It may interest anyone who reads this to learn that Tony Bennet (yes, the veteran American singer) was asked in an interview for a Sunday supplement what book he was reading at the time. His answer was "Will in the World", and he was enjoying it so much that he had decided to start reading it once again immediately upon finishing!
And in a review in the "Mail on Sunday" (Feb. 6th 2005) Roger Lewis had this to say at the end:"....possibly the best all-round biography of Shakespeare we have had for a hundred years". Now what about that for a compliment? (And he gave it 5 stars.)
One final snippet of information: Peter Ackroyd is completing a biography of Shakespeare (for Chatto, I think) which is due out in October. That should be quite something, especially as Mr.Ackroyd is given to producing books of such staggering detail and length. My hard-backed copy of his biography of Charles Dickens weighs in at a hefty 3lbs 12ozs. I am preparing for his Shakespeare by visiting the gym!

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